Europe made up more than 30 countries and even more distinct cultures;.
it is now trying to adjust to new economic systems throughout the world. Today.
with the trend toward big trading blocks like: N.A.F.T.A. or G.N.A.T.T. Europe.
is trying to advance it's old Trading block called the European Economic.
Community to become the European Union. The current membership of 15.
countries is ruled by one European Parliament. Under the E.U. each country will.
be under one currency called the Euro dollar (which is to come into effect on.
January 1st of 1999), one central banking system, and will be regulated with the.
same set of laws. In effect the country's of the E.U. will eventually become.
one. The way to a unified Europe is not a easy one; problems caused by.
countries unwilling to give up their sovereignties, and by countries afraid of.
the new Union continually slow it's progress.
Problems Facing the European Union Sovereignty or Unity.
This raises many conflicts with Europeans. For thousands of years.
Europe has been torn time and again by wars which were largely fueled by ethnic.
or religious differences. Today however Europeans are asked to put aside their.
differences and become one. With nationalism still strong throughout Europe.
many people are strongly against the E.U. Analysts strongly suggest, however,.
that the E.U. is the only way Europe can improve it's economy. Unemployment in.
most of Europe is running above 10 percent and countries like Germany and France.
are suffering from net investment outflows, European economies are groaning.
under the weight of rigid regulation, high labor costs, high taxes and generous.
social services that have become too expensive to sustain. Meanwhile, labor.
protests are on the rise, companies cut costs and governments try to slash.
The E.U. causes another major problem for Europe and the rest of the.
world that is the expansion of the Union. Countries from the former Warsaw Pact.